Sunday, March 31, 2013

Seoul Eats

Just a few really good places to eat while in Seoul.

VATOS URBAN TACOS. This is one of Seoul’s newer restaurants (apparently been open for about a year) and serves Korean-Americanized mexican food. Located in Itaewon, this place is always popular so it’s best to go in early and put your name down on the waiting list for a table. We arrived at peak hour and waited an hour and 45 minutes but it was well worth it.
***Kimchi Carnitas Fries (Fries, braised carnitas, sauteed kimchi„ melted cheese, sour cream, vatos sauce, chopped cilantro and onions)
*Beer battered fish tacos
*Galbi short rib tacos
*Chili Lime Shrimp Burrito

ANDONGJANG. (안동장) This is one of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. The first thing I noticed about Korea is how fast a shop can open and how fast it can close down and be replaced, so when a shop lasts longer than a few months I normally see it as a big feat. This shop has been open since 1948 and serves a Korean-Asian fusion menu. They are most popular for their sweet and sour pork as well as their oyster jjampong. This is located near the cultural area of Insadong.
*Sweet and Sour Pork
*Fried Noodles with Shrimp

TO SOK CHON (토속촌). Located near Gyeongbukgong Palace, it is famous for a Korean dish called Samgyetang. When we first arrived a line out the front door went down the road and around a corner so we knew the food must be good. Luckily, the wait was only about 25 minutes. This dish is a young, spring chicken (stuffed with chestnuts, garlic, dried jujubes, rice and ginseng) which is slow cooked for hours. It is a highly nutritious and delicious meal.

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